Disney Food: The Crystal Palace

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The Crystal Palace is a Winnie the Pooh and friends character buffet located just past Main Street U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s and brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms. I was very surprised by how beautiful it was! Despite being very busy, we were seated right away. Our server was very friendly and helpful. He not only addressed the adults in my family, he also took the time to talk to my children to find out what type of food they liked. He never once rushed us through our meal the way some servers in other restaurants do. In my opinion, he was one of our best servers from our trip.

The characters of The Crystal Palace were my favorite. They were the most interactive and acted just as you expected their characters to be. Tigger was bouncy and energetic. Winnie the Pooh was sweet. He gave lots of hugs and kisses. Piglet was shy and seemed nervous to meet everyone. Eeyore was very depressed and moped around. Although I have heard that Rabbit sometimes makes appearances as well, we did not see him. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for this meal. These characters take breaks very often so it does take them a while to make it to each and every table.

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Of course, my two year old loved this meal. She is a huge Winnie the Pooh fan. Surprisingly, my eleven year old stepdaughter loved this meal as well. She is very anti-princesses and thinks she is too old and cool for them. I thought she would think a Winnie the Pooh character meal would be too babyish, so I was very surprised when she picked this restaurant. She absolutely loved it though and was smiling the entire time!

The food at The Crystal Palace was my least favorite table service restaurant. It was typical buffet food. Nothing really stood out. Selections included sirloin, rotisserie chicken, Atlantic salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets, and pizza. I expected a lot better food considering how beautiful the restaurant was and how wonderful the character interaction was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad food. It just wasn’t as good as the other table service restaurants we ate at. It was rather disappointing.

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After we left The Crystal Palace, people were beginning to line up on Main Street U.S.A. for the Main Street Electrical Parade. We were able to get great spots to view the parade! I would strongly recommend making dinner reservations a few hours before the Main Street Electrical Parade. Most nights the parade begins around 9:00 PM; however, it is subject to change. It was the perfect restaurant to be at in the evening!

Alexia Chrtistensen
Alexia@DestinationsInFlorida.com
http://www.Twitter.com/AlexiaDIFAgent

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Posted on June 12, 2013, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hmm. I’ve never eaten here, but don’t know that I’d want to now. That food doesn’t seem appealing to me, but I’d love to meet a depressed Eeyore!
    Great article! Can’t wait for more!

  2. Thanks, Angie! I’ve heard that the breakfast selection is better than the dinner selection at Crystal Palace, but then again I’ve heard that about most restaurants at Disney World. Eeyore is the best! We loved him!

  3. Great suggestion to make reservations before the parade. We tried to get in for lunch and it was impossible, I didn’t even think to do it around 7 or 8! I will remember this for my next trip. Also, I am glad to see you reviewed the food a bit. I am assuming the food was toned down for Kids’ tastes since it was for a character dinner. I’m kind of glad we didn’t end up eating here now that I think about it, my boyfriend and I are both adults and assumed the food was something special there.

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